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A charity fund forJoan Gono's orphanage

$4,915 given of $10,000 goal

Help children at Joan's orphanage

Started by: Alisha Horowitz

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Dear friends and family,

We’re celebrating 10 years! 10 years of helping children at Joan Gono’s orphanage in N’Zérékoré, Guinea, not only survive, but thrive. In recognition of this 10th year, we’re aiming to raise $10,000. Help us reach our goal!

Thanks to generous donors like you, Joan has been able to provide a safe haven for dozens of orphaned or abandoned children in her West African community. Since we met in Guinea, in 2012, Joan has updated me regularly on the children. This frequent contact and our annual fundraiser continue to keep the urgency of Joan’s mission alive for me.

Your donations go far in supporting the orphanage, ensuring that the children’s basic needs are met, while also improving their overall quality of life. This year’s photos show the children thriving under Joan’s watchful and loving care. I hope you’ll join me again in supporting this meaningful cause.

OVERVIEW AND NEW ADDITION

This year, Joan welcomed one new baby, a boy named Paul, to her orphanage family. When Paul’s mother died within months of giving birth, relatives brought him to Joan. She tells me that Paul is growing strong in the orphanage’s nurturing environment, and enjoys playing and laughing with the other children.

The orphanage supports 30 children ranging in age from 21 months to 17 years old. Your contributions last year paid for the children’s food, health care and medicine, clothing, and education (including school fees and supplies)—all key to their continued well-being. Last year’s funds also helped pay for rent, transportation, and staff salaries. In addition, we contributed to connecting the orphanage to the town’s electricity, which is a great step, but now the building must be rewired to safely accommodate the increased power.

ONGOING NEEDS

Whether you’re a long-time or first-time donor to this fundraiser, it is because of you that we’re able to continue helping Joan with the daily costs of keeping the children safe and healthy. And this year, the need is even more pressing. Costs have risen significantly, and still Joan receives no government funding and has only a limited income from running a small guest house. In addition to covering the necessities, Joan hopes this year’s funds will help with various building repairs, a water well, a car, and—to ensure connectivity and boost access to information—a satellite receiver.

HOW TO SUPPORT

Please join me again in supporting Joan’s orphanage. Your contribution—of any amount—makes a critical difference for these children. 100% of the money raised goes to maintaining and improving the place they call home. If you prefer to contribute through Venmo, my Venmo is @Alisha-Horowitz and the last four numbers of my cellphone are 4311. Please leave a note that your contribution is for Joan’s orphanage.

Joan will follow the fundraiser online. If inspired, please share this appeal with your friends and family: http://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/help-children-at-joans-orphanage.

Joan and I send our heartfelt thanks for your generosity and best wishes to you this holiday season.

With endless gratitude,

Alisha

BACKGROUND

Since 2008, Joan has ensured a better life and brighter future for more than 60 children whose lives were forever changed by the death of one or both parents or their inability to care for them. And since 2012, the year I met Joan in Guinea and visited her orphanage, we have helped to keep the orphanage safe and open.

Please note that this is not a U.S.-registered nonprofit, which means that you will probably not be able to deduct any contribution as a charitable deduction on your taxes. Check with your tax advisor for specifics.

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